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Tia Elbert, On board

Linda Baumeister/Review

Tartan senior Tia Elbert signed her college letter of intent, making her dream of playing college basketball official. Elbert plans to major in business administration and minor in communications at Marquette University in Milwuakee, Wisc. Having averaged 30 points per game the last two years and over 2,500 career points, she gave a shout-out thanking her coaches, mom, teammates and friends.


An angel in Oakdale

Oakdale resident Relindis Moffor and 10 staff members operate Angel of Mercy USA, a nonprofit she founded in 2005. Through three offices located in Cameroon, the organization serves about 750 people, many of whom have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Their clients live in about 10 villages in the west central African country. (submitted photos)

Some days, Relindis Oyebog Moffor, a registered nurse at Regency Hospital in Golden Valley, works a 16-hour shift in the dead of night caring for ailing patients. Then she comes home, makes a phone call to Cameroon and provides care for several hundred people living nearly 7,000 miles away.


Local authors share the secrets of success

Local authors Meg Corrigan and Gloria VanDemmeltraadt are included in a recently released collection of stories entitled “Unlocking the Secrets of Success: Minnesota Women Share Tips and Strategies for Achieving Your Goals and Living Your Dreams.” (photo and video by Johanna Holub/Review staff)

One woman’s dream is another’s nightmare. But through it all, the Minnesota women featured in the recently released collection “Unlocking the Secrets of Success: Minnesota Women Share Tips and Strategies for Achieving Your Goals and Living Your Dreams” have persevered.
Joan Kennedy, 91, of New Brighton gathered the stories of 40 women working in a variety of professions to create a collection of success stories, ranging from tales of professional success to personal triumphs.


Please excuse the involuntary blushing

I am a storyteller.
Whether it’s a hard-hitting investigative piece or a feature article on a local, I aim to tell a story accurately, fairly and well.
The story that is my least favorite to tell is my own. So, when my boss told me I had to write an article on myself, my cheeks got hot and I felt a familiar urge to hide under my desk or run away.


ISD 622 educator wins Teacher of the Year Award

Oakdale Elementary School teacher Kathy Lukin is recipient of The Arc Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year Award, honoring an outstanding teacher who has demonstrated excellence in educating and including students with intellectual or developmental disabilities. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Kathy Lukin, multiple needs teacher at Oakdale Elementary, is The Arc Minnesota’s 2013 Teacher of the Year. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Kathy Lukin holds her students to high standards. She does not pity or coddle the children who come into her classroom every day. She puts in extra hours before school and on the weekends to create new learning opportunities for her students. She advocates for more inclusiveness and support for her kids.
While these are strategies many teachers employ to help their students learn, Lukin is also faced with the challenge of teaching special education students, many of whom have severe disabilities.


We Scare Hunger

Eighth graders Paula Alihonou, Eva O’Phelan and Justine Finken, along with AVID teacher Jeanette Landin with her son Liam, collected food Halloween night for We Scare Hunger, an initiative through Free the Children. (submitted photos)

Julian Yang, Angelina Xiong, Richard Phann and Nadiline Vue, 8th-grade AVID students at Skyview Middle School, sort and weigh food donations that were collected Halloween night.

Skyview AVID students Richard Phann, Nadiline Vue, Stephan Knotek, Julian Yang and Angelina Xiong check expiration dates on donated food before sorting and weighing boxes to be donated to a local food bank.

This Halloween, Skyview Middle School students trick-or-treated for an unlikely kind of “treat”—non-perishable food items for a local food bank.


Speak Your Peace

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On Friday, Oct. 25, Lake Elmo city council member Mike Reeves and communications coordinator Alyssa MacLeod talked to Lake Elmo Elementary sixth graders about civility and the Speak Your Peace project.


Happy Howloween! - photos

Madison Rahic and Nevaeh Wallace, managing extremely well in her big feet, participated in the cake walk at Paws and Pumpkins at the Oakdale Fire Station.

Annabella Drummer just got a little face painting to go with her Cheer Bear Care Bear costume. Face painter Lenore Cortez volunteered with the St. Francis Animal Rescue in the Howloween Spooktacular.

St. Francis Animal Rescue hosted games, crafts, prizes, food, face painting, bounce house, photos and all kinds of fun for the Howloween Spooktacular Oct. 26.


Oakdale veteran picks up a new hobby: boxing

Jake Raymond, 24, of Oakdale picked up boxing after attending a boxing showcase at the city’s annual Summerfest celebration this year. He has been training since July, and competed in his first fight in mid-October. (submitted photo)

Raymond admits his first fight, held at the Uppercut Boxing Club in Minneapolis Oct. 12, was “not great,” but plans on continuing his training. He says he never intended to be a competitive boxer, but wanted to use the sport as a way to stay in shape. (submitted photos)

Jake Raymond, 24, has many titles. Father of two, husband, student, Oakdale resident, military veteran, runner. And now, he can add another to the list: amateur boxer.
Raymond, a former member of the North High School wrestling team, says individual sports have always drawn his interest.